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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Charlie Suisman introduces us to the folks of Arnold Falls. At first glance, you might think it a village like any other but it isn’t. Arnold Falls is home to a cast of quirky, odd characters who seem to attract an inordinate number of small, seemingly insignificant problems. Jeebie Walker left the city in favor of life in Arnold Falls with his boyfriend, a nice house and a quiet life. He still has the house, but the boyfriend is gone and he still can’t find his peace and quiet. Jeebie is keeping busy though; helping his friend to get elected as the first female mayor, saving a turkey called Chaplin from the Thanksgiving table, and stopping a tire factory from being built on the river. He’s not looking for love anymore, even though someone has their eye on him but Arnold Falls has a way of making things happen. The eclectic cast of characters needs to fight many tiny, insignificant battles to bring Arnold Falls back to the disorder it thrives on. Then, and only then, may Jeebie find exactly what he is seeking.
Arnold Falls by Charlie Suisman is a fascinating, funny tale of life in an oddball village, with an amazing cast of characters. Be prepared to go on a trip; start reading this book and you will find yourself wandering the streets of Arnold Falls, meeting weird and wonderful characters who seem somehow normal despite their quirkiness. This story is kind of about Jeebie and his life but there are a few other stories here too, opening us up to a tale that will bring you to your knees in laughter and tears. You will go through a whole range of emotions with characters that are all fantastically developed and very real people. Trust me when I say that this novel is a delightful read and you will not be bored reading it – in fact, you’ll be sad when it’s over.